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Am I a rooster or a hen??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chickenmomma123, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. chickenmomma123

    chickenmomma123 In the Brooder

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    I am wonder if one of my chickens is a roo or a hen?? I thought it was a hen but now I'm starting to wonder. He/she is about 20wks[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    At 20 weeks it is more likely that this is a pullet at the point of lay than a rooster - as I am not seeing any hackle feathers that would indicate roo and it is a darker colored barred bird (roos tend to be lighter in color), but a full body shot showing the saddle feathers and tail would help be sure.

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  3. fshinggrl

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    You should be getting your first egg soon. Dark fronts to her legs, darker bird in general.. it's a hen.
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

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    Yep - the added photo confirms it - you have a lovely girl getting ready to lay
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

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    What caused you to start questioning the gender?
     
  6. chickenmomma123

    chickenmomma123 In the Brooder

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    I was questioning the gender bc this is my first time raising chickens. This one seemed larger then the others and developed comb sooner and waddle. The other chickens same age, combs have just started to turn red a grow slightly larger but not like this one. I did get an egg the other day and now from your comments I will assume it was from her.
     
  8. ILoveChickens01

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    You will be getting eggs soon, comb development confirms that.
     
  9. SlowQueen

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    [​IMG] So beautiful! I can't wait to see if my 6 week old barred rocks will be making eggs, or legs! lol! (just kidding, my 6 chicks are all pets)
     
  10. Ol Grey Mare

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    People often mistake the reddening and growth of comb and wattle a pullet as an indication of being male - so no worries there. A lot of folks don't realize that mature hens also have fairly large/red combs and wattles - generally not quite as large as a rooster, but I've seen some hens that could give the boys a run for their money. You will start to see the rest of your flock catch up to her in the coming weeks with their own combs and wattles.
     

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